Program Chair Child and Adolescent Development- Union Institute and Univeristy
Adjunct Faculty and Alumnae Pacific Oaks College, School of Education
Doctor Birgit Monks completed her Bachelor and Masters of Arts degree in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College and her Doctorate in Education at Fielding Graduate University.
Doctor Monks has been adjunct faculty for Human Development and Early Childhood Education since 2013. She also served as faculty advisor for the undergraduate program in the school of education, early childhood education. She has experience working with children and families oversees and in the United States. Her most recent role was a position as director of a state and federally funded preschool and toddler program at a community college campus.
She was also responsible to establish and maintain accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC, for the early childhood program at the community college.
Upon entering Pacific Oaks College, Doctor Monks has developed a passion for social justice and diversity, teaching and educating adult students on implicit bias, multicultural issues, and gender inequality and presented workshops at several conferences, including NAEYC.
Her dissertation, Increasing Capacity - A Grounded Theory Study explains how people discover and overcome deficiencies. People's common goal in increasing capacity is to be free from anxiety, enjoy one's tasks and to work at ease. She is interested in facilitating learning for adults, research focusing on early child development and education, brain functions and patterns of human behaviors
|Ed.D.||Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA||2011|
|Masters of Arts - Human Development||Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA||2006|
|Bachelors of Arts - Human Development||Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA||2004|
|Member||Every Child California|
|Member||N4C- National Coalition of Campus Children's Centers|
|Child Development Director Permit, California|
|P.I.T.C. Certified Trainer or Infant/Toddler Care, California|
|Chair||San Bernardino County Local Planning Council|
|Former Secretary||California Association for the Association of Young Children|
|Former President Elect/Treasurer||AAEYC|
|Director Mentor||California Mentor Program|
|Instructor Foothill Family Shelter||Upland, CA|
|Program Chair Child and Adolescent Development||Union Institute and University|
|Child & Adolescent Development||Cognitive Development|
|Early Childhood Education||General Expertise|
|Learning through Play|
|Trauma informed ECE|
|Ethical & Legal Issues||Code of Conduct for Practitioners|
|Higher Education||Teaching Adult Learners|
|Leadership||Non Profit Leadership|
|Social Justice||Race & Ethnicity|
Grounded Theory Study - Increasing Capacity
|Please describe your teaching philosophy.|
My philosophy of teaching is that individual learn best by doing. Each person has different learning styles, however, being actively involved helps any individual to learn and understand. In my opinion, teaching is facilitating learning for each other. Every person has knowledge gained through life experience or formal training, sharing this knowledge and applying it to educational theories or concepts helps to understand and increase a person's skills.
Monks, Birgit (2012). Increasing Capacity-A Grounded Theory Study. Saarbruecken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.